2019 Chevrolet Volt vs. 2019 Hyundai Nexo

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the Volt and the Nexo have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, front and rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, with its optional front crash prevention system, and its headlight’s “Good” to “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Volt the rating of “Top Pick” for 2018, a rating granted to only 100 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Nexo has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

Chevrolet pays for the first scheduled maintenance on the Volt. Chevrolet will pay for the first oil change, lubrication and any other required maintenance during the first 12 months. Hyundai doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Nexo.

There are almost 4 times as many Chevrolet dealers as there are Hyundai dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Volt’s warranty.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Volt running on electricity gets better fuel mileage than the Nexo (113 city/99 hwy vs. 65 city/58 hwy MPGe).

Tires and Wheels

The Volt’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 50 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Nexo’s standard 60 series tires.

The Volt has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The Nexo doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Chassis

The Chevrolet Volt may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 450 to 550 pounds less than the Hyundai Nexo.

The Volt is 3.5 inches shorter than the Nexo, making the Volt easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The Volt is 7.8 inches shorter in height than the Nexo, making the Volt much easier to wash and garage and drive (lower center of gravity).

The front grille of the Volt uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Nexo doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Ergonomics

The Volt’s front and rear power windows all lower with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The Nexo’s passenger windows don’t open automatically.

Both the Volt and the Nexo offer available heated front seats. The Volt Premier also has standard heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the Nexo.

Recommendations

The Chevrolet Volt outsold the Hyundai Nexo by over 2288 to one during 2018.

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